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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,946 miles

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2007 Toyota Prius lights problems

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2007 Toyota Prius Owner Comments (Page 38 of 46)

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problem #161

Jan 312009


  • 45,000 miles


Normal use of headlights; however, around 45K miles the right front headlight will turn on, but then cuts out after 5 minutes. I have to repeatedly turn the headlight switch on and off, again and again, to get the headlight to operate correctly (I.e. stay on). This is a safety issue.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #160

Jun 042009


  • 51,000 miles
Intermittent hid headlight failure on my 2007 Toyota Prius. First noticed when pulled over by police - right headlight out, but came back on when turned lights off then on. Left headlight has since periodically failed too.

- West Burlington, IA, USA

problem #159

May 122009


  • 11,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius right hid headlight constantly goes off and needs repair.

- Bridgeview, IL, USA

problem #158

May 302007


  • 34,000 miles


2007 Toyota Prius hid headlight failure. Passenger side is intermittent, , quite often both lights will fail leaving no lights and a very dangerous situation. Driver has no warning that headlights are off, especially during poor weather, , but daylight conditions. Just after warranty period ended. Dealer suggests bulbs, , others suggest controller. New (expensive) bulbs are probably only a temporary fix, , leading to continued future failures.

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #157

Apr 072009


  • 42,670 miles
2007 Toyota Prius - only have 46000 miles and passenger side headlight flickers and then dies. Seems to be an epidemic with Prius owners. Replacement by dealer would cost $465. I've talked to many other Prius owners and almost 80% have had the same problem and the remaining 20% hasn't reached that problem yet. The headlight assembly is of poor quality that (1) goes through light bulbs every 40000 - 45000 miles, (2) the cost for the replacement is extra for a $10 bulb, (3) Toyota will not replace the head lamp unit. If I turn the light off and then on, it will light up for a couple of minutes and then flicker before going out again. I have been stopped 4 times for this problem.

- Duncanville, TX, USA

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problem #156

Jun 012009


  • 30,000 miles
2007 Prius headlights turn off unexpectedly. Passenger side about every 10 minutes, but not always noticed, and if the driver side then cuts out, you are driving in the dark! not great for country roads! the problem started about 6 months ago and is slowly getting worse. Turning the headlight switch off and on again clears the problem. Toyota service says repair will be $88432 for parts, and about $200 more for labor. Problem reported to Toyota usa.

- East Aurora, NY, USA

problem #155

Jun 292009


  • 40,000 miles


Headlights on 2007 Toyota Prius intermittently flicker on and off. Currently, manually turning the lights on and off temporarily fixes the problem, but the problem still remains. I was told by the Toyota dealer, where we bought the car, that I need to replace the ballast and both bulbs, which is expected to be ~$1400. I've read that this is a common problem for the Prius (2004-2008) that is usually noticed at around 40,000-45,000 miles; my Prius has ~40,000 miles. My Prius is currently no longer under warranty, but was told that the required parts are not under warranty anyway.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #154

Jun 282009


  • 40,566 miles
I have a 2007 Prius that has intermittent headlight problems. The right headlight will sporadically go off and on. It has been to the dealer twice with the last time the dealer blaming it on low battery charge. Well the battery is charged and it still refuses to work. At this point it is unpredictable as to whether or not it will be working at any specific time.

- Rock Springs, WY, USA

problem #153

Jun 152009


  • 42,000 miles
2007 Toyota Prius - diver side headlamp goes out intermittently while driving. If the headlight switch is turned off and then on again then the lights go on again. Failure repeats itself.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #152

May 062009


  • 37,000 miles
About a month ago, my Prius's driver side headlight started intermittently going off without any warning. I was pulled over by police when I discovered it. The light would come back on when I turn it off then on again, but it will go off again sometime afterwards. I purchased two new bulbs, thinking the problem was in the bulbs; same problem consistently happens. The driver headlight now does not function any longer, even with a new bulb. I plan to take it to the dealer for repair.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #151

Jun 202009


  • 31,000 miles


Passenger side headlight went out during road trip and out for about 3 days, but then came back on again suddenly (I did not realize it--someone else saw it from outside and told me). Some other Prius owners have also complained of headlights suddenly going out and then some time later coming back on again and replacing lamp or other things does not help. This is dangerous because drivers cannot tell while driving that the light has gone out and particularly dangerous on poorly lit roads at night. Please investigate.

- West Allis, WI, USA

problem #150

Mar 252009


  • 37,000 miles
Hid headlights on my 2007 Toyota Prius regularly burn out after a few minutes driving time. Usually the driver's side, sometimes the passenger side, at least once both went out. When they are turned off for a short time and turned on again, they both come back on, at least for a while.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #149

Jun 152009


  • 58,500 miles
2007 Toyota Prius headlight/lamp failure right and left side. Dealer replaced right headlight after we noticed the light would go out (sometimes turning lights off and back on causes it to come back on, but then the light would go out intermittently driving). The next day, we experienced the left side headlight doing exactly the same thing. Did a search on the internet and found that PE09-019 had been opened for this exact issue.

- Huntington Beach, CA, USA

problem #148

Nov 172008


  • 72,000 miles
Headlight on 2007 Toyota Prius goes out unexpectedly. Sometimes on the right, sometimes on the left, sometimes both. You can turn them off and back on again and they will be fine...for awhile.

- Quitman, AR, USA

problem #147

Jun 152009


  • 50,000 miles
Passenger side headlight not functioning. Turned headlights off and then back on again, the problem went away.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #146

Jun 132009


  • 53,000 miles
Hid headlamps on 2007 Toyota Prius keep going out. Dealer replaced both bulbs in August 2008. Passenger side bulb went out in Jun 2009, less than a year later. Dealer will not fix the problem. Both instances were following a long trip of 1,000 miles each way. There is extensive activity online regarding this problem/defect with hid headlights, not exclusive to the Prius model. Given that replacement bulbs are $300 each at the dealership, the bulbs should last longer than 10 months at a time under any driving conditions.

- Rockwall, TX, USA

problem #145

Jun 092007


  • 95,000 miles
07 Toyota Prius touring edition, passenger and drivers headlamps continue to go out while driving. Lights will illuminate after a power on and off but will extinguish after 3 secs.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #144

May 012009


  • 55,000 miles
The driver side headlight on my 2007 Toyota Prius continues to fail for no reason but works again if I turn off the lights and then turn them back on. This creates a serious safety concern when driving at night as I have to lose all my lights just to get the driver side light working again.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #143

Feb 202009


  • 48,000 miles
The headlights on my 2007 Prius go out intermittently. Sometimes just one light, sometimes both lights. Cycling the light switch makes them work again but the problem has already caused me to be pulled over by law enforcement twice. In both cases the officer was surprised to see that the lights were working after he pulled me over and I demonstrated that by cycling the lights they would work. I've never seen a problem like this before. Cars usually make it 4 years or more before you have a headlight go out. They only cost a few bucks to replace typically too. I've been quoted some huge numbers.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #142

Jun 032009


  • 25,000 miles
Bought 2007 Toyota Prius new in 2007 and had approximately 25K miles on it when drivervside hid headlight began having intermittent failures. The headlight always turns on initially but will turn off sometime later with no warning. If I flick my lights all the way off and then immediately back on, all headlights turn back on, but may not stay on. Because there are 4 total lights (2 headlights and 2 lower road lights) having just one that occasionally turned off was not enough of an inconvenience to get it fixed. The other day I was driving and both headlights turned off leaving me with just the 2 lower road lights. I quickly flipped the lights completely off and back on and both turned back on, but it seems this is a safety issue. I am taking it to dealership for fixing tomorrow. Car now has 40K+ miles. Problem has been an issue for several months seeming to indicate the bulb is not the problem (otherwise it should have died completely by now...).

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

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